It's Your Accent - Choose It, Don't Lose It | BostonSpeaks 033

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If you speak English with the influence of an accent from another language, do you speak the way you do because you tried to sound that way? Or did you pick up habits along the way and throughout the years that led you to how you currently sound? For most people, it's the second path and that was effective enough to get them to the level of success they have achieved so far. Yet, how do you know if you're speaking as effectively as you could be? How do you know how others perceive your spoken English? How you speak and present yourself aren't set in stone. You have choices. Dr. Christi Barb works with non-native speakers of English to increase their awareness of these choices and gain control over how they want to sound. The tips and strategies in this interview are applicable to all speakers, but especially relevant for non-native speakers of English. What You'll Learn -Everyone has an accent. -Accent vs Register -Speech isn't just pronunciation of sounds -Age isn't a factor, motivation is About Dr. Christi Barb Dr. Christi Barb created a unique degree in Speech-Language Pathology by integrating Cognitive Psychology and teaching English as a second language to focus her research on the area of foreign accent modification. She prefers the title, "Accentologist" because it reflects her curiosity and love of continuously learning about spoken communication. Links To Follow https://www.adastraspeech.com/ www.linkedin.com/in/christibarb https://www.facebook.com/adastraspeech/ https://www.meetup.com/American-English-Pronunciation-Q-A/ https://twitter.com/ChristiBarb Discover the power of communication and find more BostonSpeaksTalks here: https://www.crowdcast.io/boston_speaks Would you rather listen? Check out our interviews on iTunes, iHeartRadio and Google Play. It's called BostonSpeaks with Kit Pang. http://bostonspeaks.rocks/itunes Song Used: Elevate by Lakey Inspired (https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired)

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